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    Diverse ideas and perspectives benefit science—as studies amply demonstrate—yet progress toward equal representation of minority groups within the scientific community has been frustratingly slow.

    With that in mind, in July 2014, Scientific American launched Voices, a blog in our award-winning network that celebrates eclecticism in research, exploration and communication about science.

    We hope you will join us and invite you to send your ideas, thoughts, questions and comments to sciamblogs@sciam.com.
     

  • Science Media Beset with Gender Gaps

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    In the fall of 2005, I and a couple hundred other new students at Columbia University’s journalism school walked into a lecture hall for a series of welcome speeches, and two things happened that impressed me. I learned from one of the dean’s that somewhere around two-thirds of us were female. And Jill Abramson, who [...]

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    Diversity in Focus at Upcoming Science Writers Meeting

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    Calling all journalists, authors, editors, producers, public information officers, students and communicators with a passion for science, tech, engineering and mathematics! You are invited to attend the annual ScienceWriters conference, October 17-20, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) host the conference. The [...]

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    LEGO Reveals Female Scientist Minifigures

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    After much rejoicing at the news last month that LEGO would mass-produce a set of female scientist minifigures, the company has released a prototype of the final set to its original designer, Ellen Kooijman (a.k.a. Alatariel Elensar), who recently posted images of the box and individual parts on her blog. Kooijman, a Dutch isotope geochemist [...]

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    More and Better Science en Español: a Call to Action

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    Para leer esta entrada en Español, presione aquí. Few communities encompass as many challenges and opportunities as the 53 million Hispanics living in the United States. Hispanics or Latinos have the second highest poverty rate and the overall lowest educational attainment[1] [2] in the nation. They also have some of the lowest levels of science [...]

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    Welcome to Voices, a Blog to Celebrate Diversity

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    Diverse ideas and perspectives benefit science—as studies amply demonstrate—yet progress can be frustratingly slow. We think it’s time to amplify the conversation. In 1985 about 57 percent of papers authored in the U.S. and published in scientific journals had exclusively “English” names. By 2008 that portion had dropped to 46 percent, with many more names [...]

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    LEGO to Produce Female Scientist Minifigure Set [Video]

    Two and a half years ago, the LEGO Corporation made a move that set into motion a chain of events that has led, circuitously but unambiguously, to the following exciting announcement, released yesterday via YouTube: In late summer or early fall of 2014, the company will release to the public an official set of female [...]

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    Women of the Periodic Table Quilt

    The Cambridge Science Festival (CSF) is an annual spectacle of more than 150 science-related events and activities taking place in and around Cambridge, Mass. during the month of April. This year, CSF organizers asked local artists, scientists, and science communicators to join forces for a STEAM project portraying “central elements” of science in an artistic [...]

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    Gone in 2013: A Tribute to 10 Remarkable Women in Science

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    Pioneering scientists and engineers are often overlooked in popular retrospectives commemorating the year’s departed. In particular, women in such fields tend to be given short shrift. To counter this regrettable circumstance, I present here a selection of 10 notable women in science who left us in 2013. Each of these individuals contributed greatly to her [...]

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    Channeling Ada Lovelace: Chien-Shiung Wu, Courageous Hero of Physics

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    Today marks the 5th Ada Lovelace Day, an annual celebration of women who have made important contributions to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The event is named for Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, who is often credited as the first computer programmer. Since its inception in 2009, Ada Lovelace Day [...]

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    Breaking Brick Stereotypes: LEGO Unveils a Female Scientist

    It’s 11:47 am on the Sunday before Labor Day, and I’m staking out a LEGO store inside a Byzantine shopping mall on the outskirts of Boston. I am here with a coterie of children and parents, the lot of us waiting impatiently while three LEGO associates in black shirts and khakis make their last-minute preparations [...]

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